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Arbor Day or Any Day: Consider Planting These Hardy Tree Varieties

In addition to providing a virtual canopy of benefits, they release oxygen, and remove dust and other particulates from the air. Trees create a cooling effect. They are helpful in a largely concrete urban environment or in a suburban or rural backyard. Arbors serve as an umbrella for rainfall and as a windbreak in open land. They even improve a home’s property value. 

Loma Vista Nursery’s tree farm in Willow Springs is lined with dozens of varieties of hardy trees, including these Ulmus Triumph trees.

At Loma Vista Nursery, we grow several varieties of trees across more than 600 field acres at our farm in Willow Springs and in containers in our Ottawa facilities. Trees take root in rich Kansas soil that is continually tended and protected. As part of our company-wide commitment to plant health, we adhere to stringent clean cultivation practices. We monitor trees and remove or destroy any problem that can impact tree health.

If you are thinking of planting a tree this year, we offer some suggestions for hardy species that lend year-round interest:

Crop photos of our Northern Red Oak.

Northern Red Oak: This fast-growing oak, which soars up to 80 feet tall, has an expansive, uniform canopy that makes it a beautiful shade tree. It tolerates pollution and various soils well. Dark green leaves transform into vibrant red, orange and brown foliage in fall. 

A blooming Serviceberry. Photo courtesy of Nature Hills Nursery

Serviceberry:  Highly adaptable, serviceberry provide showy spring flowers, edible berries, spectacular fall color and pretty bark. Loma Vista Nursery offers several varieties, such as the Serviceberry Rainbow Pillar Clump, with white spring flowers followed by edible fruit in the summer and brilliant fall foliage. Plant in moist, well-drained soil in sun or shade.

Bald Cypress:  This pyramid-shaped tree is native to the swamps of the southeastern United States but withstands tough winters. It tolerates soil conditions ranging from somewhat dry soils to wetter urban clay soils and soils in standing water.  Among other varieties, Loma Vista Nursery grows the Shawnee Brave form of bald cypress, with emerald green foliage that turns a rich bronze in fall and winter. 

A few Hackberry trees leaving our shipping dock.

Hackberry: Cold hardy and wind tolerant, this tree is as well suited for plains and urban sites. Our hackberry trees have a mature height of 45 feet and a spread of 35 feet, with arching branches that resemble traditional elms. Leaves start light green and turn yellow in autumn. 

Our crop of Swamp White Oak trees.

Swamp White Oak: A great choice in wet areas, the swamp white oak tree also tolerates drought. It has a height and spread of 50 feet, with dark, shiny leaves above and silvery white beneath. The unique flaky bark adds winter interest. Plant in full sun in neutral to acid soil.

These are just a few examples of trees that grow strong and healthy in a variety of settings. To learn more about our full offering of trees grown in Loma Vista Nursery’s fields and containers, take a look at our catalog.

This may not be the year anyone planned, but a tree planted this year will always be remembered for the time in which it took root and started to grow in your surroundings. These trees also reflect the perennial value of hardiness, balanced by strength and beauty.

Learn More About Plants From Us!

We may be a wholesale grower, but our staff are experts in the field. What’s more, is we love helping people learn more and understand more about plants. We grow healthy plants, and we want our plants (and any plants really) to be successful in the landscapes they are planted in.  Feel free to email us at sales@lomavistanursery.com or call us at (785) 229-7200 if you ever have plant-related questions.

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